Microsoft: Windows 7 UK pre-orders 'strong'

Microsoft began its' limited Windows 7 pre-order offer for UK customers in the early hours this morning.

Microsoft has partnered with several retailers in the UK to offer both Windows 7 Home Premium E (£49.99) and Windows 7 Professional E (£99.99) to early adopters. A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to Neowin that early indications show orders have been "strong" despite the fact Windows 7 in the UK comes without Internet Explorer.

Microsoft will only be offering Windows 7 E in Europe, without Internet Explorer. Company officials confirmed that no upgrade versions are available so customers who purchase Windows 7 E using the pre-order offer will get full versions of Windows 7. The downside, users will need to clean install Windows 7 meaning you cannot use the copy to upgrade from Windows Vista or Windows XP. Microsoft's decision to remove Internet Explorer for European markets was due to the European Commission's ongoing concerns at Microsoft's IE integration.

An Amazon spokesperson has confirmed to Neowin that within the first eight hours of pre-sale, Windows 7 had outsold Vista pre-sales. Pre-sale orders for Windows Vista were available for 17 weeks. Microsoft confirmed that "overnight, unprecedented numbers of people have been visiting the Microsoft UK store and it is temporarily unavailable to some visitors. We are working very hard to ensure that all visitors to the store will be able to pre-order Windows 7 as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience that may have been caused."

Microsoft will run the pre-sale offer from July 15th 2009 until August 9th 2009, "whilst stocks last".

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I have just received an email from Staples UK to say that my Windows 7 Home Premium order has been shipped. Windows 7 wouldn't be physically in stock for the to distribute yet, would it?

ozulus said,
So on US it lasted a few weeks for us 2 days... <.< wth

Not even 2 days, less that 24 hours which is rather silly, Microsoft saw the number of pre-orders and thought hey lets put up the price and make a quick buck. The cut down price for E version of £49.99 for home and £99.99 for pro is less than what our U.S counterparts have been paying for their pre-orders for 2 weeks, yet after 1 day they decide to put up the prices saying the allocated discount pre-orders have been used up. Total utter BS

yeap, AMAZON is sold out.

it was limited quantity. managed to buy the professional edition a few hours before the sell out

Pre-order price copies stopped for Microsoft Store & Amazon?

For those looking to get there hands on the Pre-order price offer look to other stores.

We have run out of preorder discounts. The product can only be preordered at full price. <----- thats what it says on m$ website now

Microsoft is very foolish for their discount price only lasting 2 weeks. The price should be the standard upgrade price as it is. Instead they double the upgrade price and expect people to pay that for an upgrade. Any future sales will be weak, especially in this economy.

Pre-ordered two Professional (for myself) and one Home Premium (for my parents) at Amazon UK. £20 saved (even with delivery charges) - not bad!

i brought 3 copies for some apparent reason :S

hey is £250 RRP and 3x£90 - £270 ish
so gonna sell copies i don't use....

dancedar said,
What a waste of a disc. Can't they just offer everyone 32 bit and also offer 64 bit for those who know they want it?

32bit and 64bit in one disc isn't it?

Retail versions should come with both discs. I imagine the OEM one will be whichever version you purchase and that's it (like Vista was.)

I saw a comment somewhere about sellers taking money now and making interest on it.

Well I spoke to amazon rep and she told me no-one will be charged till it's in dispatch process.

That'll be around 19th as dispatch date is 21st of October 2009.

This is very exciting more exciting than camping out for windows 95!

If I preorder w/ Amazon and have a gift certificate coming in 2 weeks time for Amazon can I apply it to my pre-order I've already placed?

I saw an offer code box on the pay details page but didn't proceed as I don't have my code yet- looking to enter it in about 2 weeks time but order W7 now.

Wzor reports that build 7600 with the following build string has been compiled the 13th of this month! (the date Win7 would go RTM!)
6.1.7600.16385.win7_rtm.090713-1255 - very, very possible FINAL RTM build.

Also it seems you can pre order the dutch edition on Win7 for Netherlands, but I live in Belgium (same language as the Netherlands). Are those the same editions

Mercy0001 said,
Also it seems you can pre order the dutch edition on Win7 for Netherlands, but I live in Belgium (same language as the Netherlands). Are those the same editions
Very interesting... where?

Mercy0001 said,
Wzor reports that build 7600 with the following build string has been compiled the 13th of this month! (the date Win7 would go RTM!)
6.1.7600.16385.win7_rtm.090713-1255 - very, very possible FINAL RTM build.

OMG WOW!!!!

Or not.

Really - do we need yet more random RTM speculation? The RTM build will be the one MS announces later this month and they've already said they're using the time till then to continue to work on it.

Menthix said,
Very interesting... where?


Well, the MS store also has a dutch text explaining that it's down because of the Win7 pre orders.

Dear god. It was sold out at Amazon Germany within SIX MINUTES. Spent five of six minutes hammering the F5 key because their servers kept telling me "service unavailable". When it finally worked, it was sold out

What about Australia? Any news on a pre-order for us?
Supposedly New Zealand and AUS will be the first to get their hands on "official" retail copies.
I'm quite surprised we haven't heard anything yet.

PeterUK said,
Someone cross out Amazon I think they just sold out.

How do you sell out of a product that hasn't even been released yet?

Frylock86 said,
How do you sell out of a product that hasn't even been released yet?

Only so many pre-orders available for that price and how many pre-orders available per site.

PeterUK said,
Someone cross out Amazon I think they just sold out.

Yeah, it seems Professional went first and then Home Premium (despite Home Premium being #1 in the sales rank).

Jedimark said,
Yeah, it seems Professional went first and then Home Premium (despite Home Premium being #1 in the sales rank).


Pro is still showing as available for pre order, but Home Premium has been unavailable for about an hour.

anewhope said,
Pro is still showing as available for pre order, but Home Premium has been unavailable for about an hour.

I read that Amazon are selling a set amount a time then making it look their out of pre-orders then start up again.

So you might still get a copy from there.

PeterUK said,
I read that Amazon are selling a set amount a time then making it look their out of pre-orders then start up again.

So you might still get a copy from there.


Yeah, I noticed that. A little while ago Pro was showing as out of stock on Amazon, and a while later it was available again. It still is now.

Would be nice to know how 'limited' stocks are- I know it's all about marketing and nothing to do with real supply issues

Price is too good to miss for the full OS. Pre ordered. Even better. £45 at Amazon for today. Only reason I would avoid is if I plan on getting a new computer in the near future.

WooHoo!!! said,
Price is too good to miss for the full OS. Pre ordered. Even better. £45 at Amazon for today. Only reason I would avoid is if I plan on getting a new computer in the near future.

It's a retail copy, so it doesn't matter if you get a new computer

FISKER_Q said,
It's a retail copy, so it doesn't matter if you get a new computer :)

I was thinking more along the lines of why would I waste money buying it on it's own when I get it with my new computer.

A retail copy is handy to install on anything I want, only one at a time though :)


WooHoo!!! said,
Only reason I would avoid is if I plan on getting a new computer in the near future.

Not really a problem as its the full version (as I hoped) so you should be allowed to move it to another computer (within 10 Activations I think like Vista).

I went for Windows 7 Professional E